SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS ILLUSTRIOUS SCHOOL OF WRESTLING NOW OPENS TO THE PUBLIC!
The AWA (Africa Wrestling Alliance) has officially opened its doors to you! We are welcoming all those that have aspired to physical greatness. Whether your darkest deepest desires have been to be moulded as a high-flying, hip-tossing wrestler, or something more conventional such as a top-performing rugby player, gymnast or bodybuilder, the AWA School delivers the knowledge gained from its 23 years of experience. Bookkeepers, librarians, meat packers or train drivers, we don’t discriminate. If you’re just a regular guy or girl, don’t hesitate to contact us so that together we can make your dreams come true at the AWA Wrestling’s TRAINING school.

BECOME A NAME IN THE BIG WORLD OF WRESTLING LIKE SA`S FAVORITES LIKE JAN WILKINS; TARZAN JACOBS; DANIE VOGUS AND MANY MORE LOCAL STARS!
HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON ON THE TRAINING MAT! CONTACT: SHAUN KOEN ON 082 456-0792 OR ON TRAINING@AWFWRESTLE.COM

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Royal Rumble 11th Dec 2014

Posted by Africa Wrestling On November - 26 - 2014

AWA’s ultimate fight night features a 23-man Coca-Cola Royal Rumble battle where the last man standing will exit the ring with the most coveted belt. The current title holder is Miss Gorgeous who vows to keep the belt for a second year running even though he’ll be the first man entering the ring and will have to battle through the full complement of 22 remaining wrestlers. If he manages to do that, he’ll be the first man in AWA history to accomplish a back-to-back victory.

Other superstars set to contest will be the All Africa Heavyweight Champion – the Missing Link, Shaun Koen, Max The Body, Sammy Sweigers, Ed-Electric and El-Marco. If you’re expecting absolute chaos, you won’t be disappointed in this massive, unrestricted brawl.

While the Royal Rumble will undoubtedly be the highlight of the evening, it is by no means the only match worth making the effort to see. In fact, the AWA have prepared an extended talent pool for this event and that means five intense bouts. Don’t miss this one, folks.

Tickets are available at the door. UNRESERVED: R50 | RESERVED: R80
All bookings and enquiries, contact Shaun at 082 456-0792

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House of Pain & Royal Rumble 11 Dec

Posted by Africa Wrestling On November - 17 - 2014

AWA’s ultimate fight night features a 23-man Coca-Cola Royal Rumble battle where the last man standing will exit the ring with the most coveted belt. The current title holder is Miss Gorgeous who vows to keep the belt for a second year running even though he’ll be the first man entering the ring and will have to battle through the full complement of 22 remaining wrestlers. If he manages to do that, he’ll be the first man in AWA history to accomplish a back-to-back victory.

Johnny Palazzio comes back all guns blazing for this match to defend his Cruiseweight title that he was able to retain after a battle with Mr Money three months ago. This was the fight where Palazzio broke his leg and continued in the ring despite the injury. As for Mr Money, losing to Palazzio in the previous match means he’ll have to wear a dress on the night of the Royal Rumble – the result of the lost challenge.

Other superstars set to contest will be the All Africa Heavyweight Champion – the Missing Link, Shaun Koen, Max The Body, Sammy Sweigers, Ed-Electric and El-Marco. If you’re expecting absolute chaos, you won’t be disappointed in this massive, unrestricted brawl.

While the Royal Rumble will undoubtedly be the highlight of the evening, it is by no means the only match worth making the effort to see. In fact, the AWA have prepared an extended talent pool for this event and that means five intense bouts. Don’t miss this one, folks.

Tickets are available at the door. UNRESERVED: R50 | RESERVED: R80
All bookings and enquiries, contact Shaun at 082 456-0792

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Join the AWA Training Camp!

Posted by Africa Wrestling On July - 2 - 2014

THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS IS NOW ACCEPTING ADMISSIONS

The AWA training centre has thrown open its doors to all over the age of 16 years old. ‘We don’t discriminate, we take anyone and everyone in,’ says Shaun Koen, founder of the Africa Wrestling Alliance. It’s true. The organization welcomes both boys and girls, men and women, any colour or religion. ‘The benefits of our style of training are numerous; you don’t need to aspire to be one of our athletes in order to train.’

With its boot-camp style of fitness, members of the AWA Training School receive excellent cardiovascular training in combination with learning the basics of grappling, which is a form of self defense. Wrestling is also a great team sport, so serves as a nurturing environment high in camaraderie and teamwork. ‘It’s like being part of a new family,’ adds Shaun. Sure, if a somewhat overactive one. In truth, despite the high-impact, no holds-barred aesthetic, the reality about wrestling training is that it’s really just good clean fun.

Something for the ladies – The AWA recently opened up an exclusive ‘Diva’ division, targeting like-minded women who would like to cultivate their skills in the ring. Again, levels of aspiration are dependent on the athlete and what goals they have in the realm of wrestling.

Toughening up – Are you an ex-rugby player, gymnast or body builder? Maybe your sporting career has been more intense? Looking to try something new? Maybe take your body to a new limit or your fitness in a new direction. Do you think you have what it takes to be a fully-fledged wrestler?

No experience needed. We can train from a grassroots level all the way to professional if you are committed to the journey.

If you would like to join the AWA School of Hard Knocks training camp, contact us at trainingct@awfwrestle.com or 082 456 0792 (office hours) and we’ll set you down the path to wrestling glory and physical fitness.

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Amateur Wrestling

Posted by Africa Wrestling On February - 10 - 2014

Future champions? Get started on your road to wrestling glory right here, at the Goodwood Amateur Wrestling Club, Goodwood Civic Centre. Every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6pm till 8pm, young hopefuls from 5 years old and upwards will be able to learn the basics of amateur wrestling. For years now, the Goodwood school has been training little athletes from a grassroots level into fully fledged wrestling talents adept at handling themselves on the mat. From here they’ll be able to upgrade to the AWA School of Hard Knocks if they want to follow in the steps of their AWA heroes. Remember, like in any good sport, a strong foundation is essential to becoming a professional so don’t miss out on this fundamental step.
If you’re interested contact Simon Abrahams at 084 246 2464


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We salute Nelson Mandela

Posted by Africa Wrestling On December - 12 - 2013

The AWA are fiercely patriotic, so naturally it saddens us greatly to lose this great man, an icon of freedom and indeed our land. But we will continue to celebrate his fighting spirit.

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From NERD to WRESTLER

Posted by Africa Wrestling On September - 22 - 2013

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FROM NERD TO WRESTLER

VINNIE The One Man Show VEGAS

The current Cruiserweight Champion Vinnie Vegas, who has been branded by many as being pound-for-pound the best wrestler in SA, is set to face longtime rival the “Italian Stallion” Johnny Palazzio in the main event on the September 30th at Parow Civic Center. Known as “The House Of Pain”, Parow Civic Center has been the AWA’s battle home ground for many years, hosting some of SA wrestlings best matches. The self-proclaimed “One Man Show”, Vinnie is no stranger to success at “The House of Pain”. Success, however, has never come easy.

Now residing in Athlone, Vinnie grew up in Mitchell’s Plain surrounded by many bad influences such as crime and gangsterism. Encouraged from an early by his parents to stay on the straight and narrow path by working hard while encompassing a strong sense of morals and discipline, Vinnie matriculated from Mondale Secondary School and went on to complete his National Diploma of Information Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. As a youngster, Vinnie was an introvert, spending most of his time reading comic books and playing video games. A nerd by definition. It was also at this early age that he became captivated by the larger than life spectacle that is professional wrestling. Collecting all kinds of wrestling memorabilia such as magazines, posters and action figures, Vegas had discovered he had a passion for the squared circle action. Finding inspiration in wrestling heroes and role models, he would also harbor a dream of one day competing in a wrestling ring. Many would mock that dream as Vinnie was but a scrawny kid, but he would not be deterred and thus, after completing his studies, he contact Shaun Koen and the AWA in March 2004.

Still, having never competed in sports at school level, Vegas initially struggled with athletic aspect of wrestling but stayed determined by never losing sight of his goal by mastering the technical aspects.

His hard work would soon pay off as he would get to make dream come true with his wrestling debut in August 2005 against William McQueen. But with dreams accomplished, new goals arise and championship glory was in “The One Man Show’s” sights. An opportunity would eventually come when Vinnie competed against fellow challenger William McQueen and then-champion Johnny Palazzio in the first ever ladder match in June 2007. And even though he would not attain victory on that night, Vegas would continue to press forward by competing and perfecting his craft. He studied many matches from all over globe including America, Europe and Japan, and incorporated many of their styles into his own. It had also expanded his arsenal of wrestling moves to a unique collection that continue to “wow” audiences at every show. Trademark moves such as his “Raging Storm”, super kick and flying elbow are not only used to inflict pain onto his opponents, but would soon bring in championship gold. And his first championship success would eventually come in December 2009, by winning the Coca Cola Royal Rumble title when he eliminated 25 members of the AWA roster in a single match. Happy, but with a hunger not yet satisfied, Vinnie continued to focus on winning the Cruiserweight title. He would then receive another opportunity for the title against the then-champion Mr. Money, one year later. This time, a seasoned and more experienced Vinnie Vegas accomplished his goal and became the AWA Cruiserweight champion.

Since then, he has become a 2-time Cruiserweight champion and thanks to wrestling, he has traveled and competed all over South Africa, including in Swaziland. These days, Vinnie has new goals and dreams. When asked, he says that as the current champion and a near 10 year veteran, he’s current goal is to be a role model to not only the fans but to the new up and coming wrestlers that he helps train at the AWA HardKnocks Academy. He also looks forward to competing at the “House Of Pain” on September 30th. When asked for a quote, he said: “It’s another one for the bucket list. Another goal. To defend a championship in the main event of the “House of Pain”. Not many wrestlers can stake that claim. I’ve prided myself of being a “genius of hard work” and getting this opportunity proves that when you set your mind on something you want, you can accomplish it!”

You can see Vinnie Vegas, Johnny Palazzio, Shaun Koen, AWA Heavyweight Champion The Oz and the rest of the AWA roster compete on September 30th at Parow Civic. As well as on October 5th in Kraaifontein at the Grand opening of Allies Meats on Old Paarl road where the wrestling will be no cover charge at the “Parking Lot Brawl”.

For all your enquires and Bookings contact Shaun Koen on 082 4560792

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Mr Money: best Indian wrestler in SA?

Posted by Africa Wrestling On August - 17 - 2013

One to watch: Is Mr Money the best Indian wrestler in South Africa today?
That seems to be his opinion. We catch up with this rising star to see if it’s just arrogance or if he can back up the claim

Over to Mr Money:
“THIS IS THE long awaited story of Mr Money. I was born and brought up in Durban. I moved to Cape Town back in 2004, during that time AWF was broadcasted weekly on ETV. Also during that time I weighed in at 130kg compared to the lean 85kg I weigh now, so I waited a couple of years before joining the AWA back in February 2007. I started off with the current lightweight champion Ed Electric, and through the guidance of the likes of Shaun Koen, Vinnie Vegas, BDX-Treme, etc. we both were able to make our debuts in September of that same year. My first match being at Builders Warehouse in Parow. It was a 4 on 3 match up, putting myself, Warlock and The Chad against Blankman (you know him now as Miss Gorgeous), Vinnie Vegas, Revyv and Ed Electric. This match ended in a no contest.”

Going back further
“While growing up I used to be a big time follower of SA wrestling. Back in the early years of my life I used to attend the events held at Westridge Park and UDW where I used to see my uncles battling it out. Yes, I come from a family of Indian wrestlers; my uncles were weekly highlights at Westridge Park. You might remember them as Flash Gordon and Speedy. I used to love watching them together with Gama Singh and Tornado. Considering I am continuing the family name in SA wrestling, I am proud of having since been a two-time and current South African Cruiserweight Champion. I have been in the ring with likes of Shaun Koen in my very first House of Pain. I’ve battled against the current African Heavyweight Champion Johnny Palazzio on numerous occasions.  I have battled against hardcore specialists like the OZ and probably SA’s best technical wrestler, Vinnie Vegas. I have travelled abroad with the AWA, wrestling in front of thousands at a time.

When I first began wrestling I was asked to get a ring name and what better than Mr Money? I am an accountant by day and wrestler by night. I have been featured in many business magazines over the years due to the sport that I have chosen. I have taken on the moniker “Golden Tiger”. I have embraced my Indian heritage teaching people the art of Bhangra dancing whenever I come through that curtain.

I have a few thoughts on SA wrestling today. I believe, and I will stand by this every day of the week, that I am the best Indian wrestler in South Africa today and I worked for every bit that I have gotten. Wrestling today in South Africa is driven by a bunch guys thinking they can jump in the ring and run their mouth. I am all in support for up and coming guys and other promotions but the young guns of today need to respect the veterans who paved the way for us. If you want to wrestle come to the school of hard knocks, and I will sure as hell teach you what wrestling is all about.

“I am the best Indian wrestler in South Africa today and I worked for every bit that I have gotten”

Finally I would like to say to all my fans out there, I will forever represent the people and remain the peoples champ no matter what because without you guys I will not be where I am.”

SM (aka Mr Money)

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New blood in AWA

Posted by Africa Wrestling On July - 15 - 2013

Welcome to the squared circle, from left back row; Kaystar, El Marco, Wilfred, Val-Ndoku
left front row; Zimbo and Klein Klopse

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House of Pain Gallery

Posted by Africa Wrestling On July - 15 - 2013

Wrestling School

Posted by Africa Wrestling On July - 14 - 2013

The AWA (Africa Wrestling Alliance) has officially opened its doors to you! We are welcoming all those that have aspired to physical greatness. Whether your darkest, deepest desires have been to be moulded as a high-flying, hip-tossing wrestler, or something more conventional such as a top-performing rugby player, gymnast or bodybuilder, the AWA School delivers the knowledge gained from its 27 years of experience. Bookkeepers, librarians, meat packers or train drivers, we don’t discriminate. If you’re just a regular guy or girl, don’t hesitate to contact us so that together we can make your dreams come true at the AWA Wrestling’s TRAINING school.

Grappling technicians

Become a name in the big world of wrestling like SA`s favorites like Jan Wilkins; Tarzan Jacobs; Danie Voges and many more local stars. We hope to see you soon on the training mat! Contact: Shaun Koen on 082 456-0792 or on training@awfwrestle.com

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